Children’s theatre brings The Velveteen Rabbit to life

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Almost 90 students from Minnie Gant Elementary School, first through fifth graders, join forces to bring the classic children’s book, “The Velveteen Rabbit,” to life on the CSULB University Theatre stage. This production features a new adaptation for the stage by local children’s theatre director Bethany Price, with original music by Erik Przytulski and choreography by Lori Coulis.

Minnie Gant Elementary has a long history of providing performance opportunities to its students. Many of the teachers produce class productions and incorporate the performing arts into the classroom curriculum. In addition, the school has collaborated with the South Coast Chorale in “Stellaluna” at the Carpenter Center in 2003. In 2004, the Carpenter Center produced “Cinderella Caterpillar” and cast 60 Gant students in the production.

The show is produced by GO-FAME, Long Beach’s newest children’s theatre. GO-FAME, incorporated as a non-profit arts organization in 2009 by Kathy McGuire and Elaine Zofrea, recently produced a “by children/for children” production of “Dear Edwina.”GO-FAME will be holding auditions for its next production, a spring musical, in March. “The Velveteen Rabbit” is the fifth show produced by GO-FAME at Minnie Gant Elementary School. All upcoming GO-FAME productions will be open to all Long Beach area performers ages 8-18, regardless of where they go to school.

GO-FAME’s production of “The Velveteen Rabbit” runs Saturday, February 13 at 2pm and 7pm, and on Sunday, February 14 at 2pm in the CSULB University Theatre. The University Theatre is located just north of CSULB Parking Lot 7, on the south east corner of the CSULB campus. Tickets for all performances are available now but the shows are expected to sell out. Please be aware that tickets are for reserved/assigned seats, not general admission. Tickets are $10 each. We are also pleased to offer tickets to our Velveteen Rabbit Gala. Gala tickets include premium seats for the 7pm show on Saturday, February 13, light hors d’oeuvres and a post show discussion with the playwright, Bethany Price. Please call Kathy McGuire at (562) 884-7077 to purchase show and Gala tickets.


One Response to “Children’s theatre brings The Velveteen Rabbit to life”
  1. Rhonda562 says:

    I think I will take my 3 yr old to see this on Valentine’s Day.